Monday, May 29, 2006

A long and winding road

It seemed a good idea at the time. (Have I started a post like this before?)

Approaching the end of my year of teacher training, I was obliged to nominate five local authorities where I'd be willing to spend my probationary year. This is a requirement of the Teacher Induction Scheme. As I am West of Scotland born and bred, with deep roots and a massive mortgage, I listed the four surrounding authorities, hoping for something within my ten-mile zone of inclusion.

OS Map

The pink circle indicates my 10-mile preferred zone, for comfortable commuting. The large black arrow marks the approximate location of my placement school!

As my "wild card" fifth option, I nominated Stirling, which is the next-nearest authority, but which stretches uncomfortably far north and east.

So, guess whose bluff was called?!

It seems that I shall be spending 2006/2007 in a Stirlingshire school, a daily round trip of 70 miles. With petrol running at 96.9p per litre (and, I must admit, my car is not the most economical model), it looks as if most of my Scale Point Zero starting salary will be going straight to the Shell shareholders.


At Tue May 30, 04:35:00 pm GMT, Anonymous Seamera said...'s the first time I'm reading your blog, but it's very interesting. Have fun in Bannockburn...although I haven't heard anything of this place beforen.

The sea

At Tue May 30, 04:35:00 pm GMT, Blogger R2K said...

: )

At Tue May 30, 08:49:00 pm GMT, Blogger Mr McSwan said...

i'm sure you'll do fine mate, get yourself some good music for the drives though

At Tue May 30, 10:41:00 pm GMT, Blogger Duncan__ said...

Hallo, Seamera. For Scottish people, Bannockburn is very famous!
(Ich bin froh, dass Sie besucht haben. Mein ClustrMap wird einen Punkt in Europa jetzt haben!)

Alex ... :-)

Hey, Andy. Believe it or not, my old car doesn't even have a radio. (Maybe Santa will bring an iPod.)

At Wed May 31, 08:01:00 am GMT, Blogger David said...

What's slightly bizarre is that some people who ticked the "send me anywhere" box have ended up closer to home than you. :-)

I wnder how many others got their fifth choice?

At Thu Jun 01, 03:56:00 pm GMT, Blogger OLi said...

Ragin! I was working at 4 Duncan so I had to make a quick getaway unfortunately. Ill get you something from the buffet at the Social Interfacing!!


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